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Finally Citytunneln is completed after 5 years of construction and more then 20 years of planning in Malmö, Sweden’s 3rd largest city! It was inaugurated Saturday 4th December 2010 and the first test trips started on Sunday. Of course I was there on both occasions and took a lot of photos! For just 10 SEK you could buy a card valid for 5 days of test trips.

For those who don’t know Citytunneln is a train tunnel beneath Malmö, saving a lot of time (but not money, the cost ended in 8 500 000 000 SEK and the tickets will be much more expensive) for the passengers since the trains don’t have to drive all around the city. It is like an extension of the Öresundsbridge, the bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen. It is 17km long, of which 6km is a tunnel. There are 3 stations, in order: Centralstationen, Triangeln and Hyllie. Hyllie is the closest station to the bridge to Copenhagen. But since Triangeln is the closest station from where I live, I started there, went to the central station and then passed Triangeln on the way to Hyllie. The first trip, in order:

Station Triangeln South:


Triangeln’s citytunnel station has 2 entrances. This is the south entrance.












The artwork by Gunilla Klingberg called “Vardags Livets Mönster”. Strange spelling...


More art in Citytunneln; “Halo”, also by Gunill Klingberg, who also made “Alla i en i alla” below.

In my opinion Triangeln is the coolest of the stations with its 2 futuristic buildings. Some people compared the architecture to Dubai. They are a bit small on the outside (that disappointed me during the construction phase), but it is big underground.




Note the light rectangles that are constantly moving on the wall, adding a futuristic Star Wars feeling to the already futuristic architecture. It is called Spårsken.


The train is coming. The brand new modern “pågatåg” (Guys train in English).
“Pågatågen” are the regional trains of Skåne, all violet.




The first city tunnel trip. This is how the new “pågatåg” looks inside.
 

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The central station (“Centralen”), the largest city tunnel station:

The main train station of Malmö has been completely reconstructed to be able to host the city tunnel and all its new passengers.


The Centralen station has TV displays, here showing Asian landscapes.


Glashallen, the new glass annex where you arrive when taking the escalator or elevator up.


The exterior of Glashallen, taken on another occasion.




A dance performance inside Glashallen.


The station building has been partly rebuilt and modernized inside.


The old part of the station building.


The new entrance of Malmö Centralstation.


The old entrance.


At the central station, we discovered that a lot of theatre people were hired to act and dress like “weird” people, old time people and weird beings. 


Back on the train again. Next: Hyllie!
 

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Sweet metro system malmo.

Spar Buss
Track Buses

Why track and not trains? I mean

Track Roads then...
 

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Post this in the " subways and urban transport " forum. Citytunneln = amazing!
I will post it there as well. But I think it was good to post it here since many forumers don't go to the transport section.
 

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Station Hyllie:


Hyllievång is the new district, taking place in the southwestern outskirts of Malmö, very close to the Öresund bridge. Some significant projects:

Hyllie Vattentorn, a futuristic water tower from 1973, used to be the landmark.

The new large Malmö Arena was completed in 2009 here.

Two 200m+ skyscrapers have been proposed here, but have been replaced by the 30-storey curvy highrise Point Hyllie, that will be Malmö’s 2nd tallest building after Turning Torso.

Emporia, that will become Scandinavia’s largest and most architecturally outstanding shopping mall is under construction here. It will have 220 stores!

A new hotel is proposed and approved, that will have a very different design.

A lot of new apartment buildings will be constructed.

A botanical garden is planned.

An alley is planned.

Svågertorp is located nearby, this station will soon be closed. The world’s 2nd largest IKEA has been built here as well as large home imporevement stores like Bauhaus, and many other kinds of large stores.


Hyllie station with the artwork “Minuten” above.






Emporia. Will be Scandinavias’s largest shopping mall with 220 stores.




The new square is taking place. Malmö Arena, Hyllie Vattentorn and Point Hyllie (will have 30 floors) are all futuristic buildings in the area.
A birch wood is planned on the square.


Malmö Arena was inaugurated in 2009. Concerts and sports events are taking place.


Artist making snow sculptures.


Point Hyllie, the lower section. The taller one will have 27 floors and be 95 m tall, second tallest after Turning Torso.


The nearby 60s commie block district Holma is a big contrast to the modern Hyllievång. (I thought it needed an effect).




Artists making sculptures.




The new parking garage with the logo of Malmö.


Inside Malmö Arena larges gingerbread houses were built. We also got free Christmas food, coffee and gingerbreads.


There was an exhibition about the area inside Malmö Arena. This is a model of future Hyllievång.






A temporary skating rink in Malmö Arena.


Malmö Arena.


Outside Malmö Arena.








Nice lights at the Hyllie Square.




The water tower, also called “the ufo” is light red around Christmas (otherwise blue).



The artwork with the roof above Hyllie Station is called “Minuten” and was designed by Kristina Matousch.

Time to take a ride back to Triangeln and then home.
 

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Awesome! When will the highrise in Hyllie be constructed?
The lowest of Point Hyllie is finished. The highrise part will start construction next year, but it is not sure when it will be completed.
 

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Triangeln – North Station:


An artwork called “Lotus” in the north entrance.




A misspelling “Vardagslivets” is one word, not two! (Patterns of every day life)


Going out from Triangeln’s north entrance.






Some of the actors, playing strange creatures.


The Hilton hotel and Triangeln shopping mall was built in the late 80s. An extension of the mall as well as a new residential highrise.


A really impressive machine (with some kind of drill?).


The architecture of the north entrance. Much is planned for the area. Lightrail trams will probably drive here in the future, if everything goes according to plans.


Old buildings like the St Johannes Church are in the surroundings.
 

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Now to the inauguration the day before (the tunnel itself is more important after all, that's why I began with the day after):

Citytunneln was officially inaugurated on Saturday 4th 2010. The king of Sweden clipped the band and a lot of wellknown artists performed.




New buildings near the train station.






The gable of the old central station building.


Glashallen.


Posthuset.



The stage was supposed to remind of a train tunnel from the front.
Among others Ola Salo covered Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”. But most of the artists were too mainstream for my taste.


I suppose all this slush was not expected at the entrance of the train station.

Malmö has lately been famous for crime, unemployment and other sad events. But it is also a city that is really booming, the city has now close to 300 000 inhabitants and more construction projects then any other city in Sweden.
 

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I took some new photos from Citytunneln some days ago:

Station Triangeln:











Station Centralen:







Now when Citytunneln is officially operating as a train tunnel, I must say the traffic hasn’t get along well. The heavy amounts of snow have caused many troubles to the train traffic: almost all trains in Sweden were cancelled the day before Christmas Eve, forcing people to celebrate Christmas alone and there have been many problems with the city tunnel itself because it is so new. The day I took the last photos almost half of the trains were cancelled!
 

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